r/K: Dark Energy Wave - Mercenaries
In a world of great uncertainty and tumultuous change, is it any wonder that some individuals put themselves above all else? The r/K Universe focuses on the reality of granting awesome powers to humble personalities. Despite sometimes being dedicated team players, these are characters that maintain a significant amount of independence in a world ever-changing in its balance of power. These profiles explain how r/K characters are involved in the first major story arc - Dark Energy Wave.
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Super Nomad and Node
Dark Energy Wave: When the dark energy surge occurred, both Sylvester and his mother were left unchanged. They were not affected by Bill Ides or other telepaths. When Super Nomad's mother discovered some of the activities that The Hierarchy were up to in Central Park, she attempted to chop down Ikon with an axe. Flo showed up and performed a powerful act. She sucked all of the organic life out of the mother and what remained was a stone statue that Flo had forged out of the remaining minerals. Sylvester vowed a great vengeance on Flo and The Hierarchy. Super Nomad moved the statue of his mother back to his apartment and she is known as Node. Flo had Ikon evacuate that building of its tenants. Super Nomad is now alone. Flo uses her low level telepathy to communicate with Super Nomad as if it were the ghost or spirit of his mother. Super Nomad plays along pretending that he believes in the relationship. He is using this time to learn the weaknesses of The Hierarchy and ensure his ultimate victory. Mr Dude and The Dummy were sent down to NYC by Skank to visit Sylvester. He had no patience for the obviously powered duo. A battle ensued and now Super Nomad is just as intent to attack The Host as to finish off The Hierarchy.
Dark Energy Wave: Olegras is the best friend and confidante of LeStelle. Although, both of them are members of The Hierarchy and fight loyally for them, Olegras would leave and start her own team with LeStelle. Olegras maintains a lot of her social connections inside the city. It is a luxury she has, given Ikon controls everyone in NYC.
Dark Energy Wave: Eddie Towers was named for her grandmother, Edna, and was told many fantasy adventures by her mother about Edna's life. Eddie dreamed of being a deep sea diver like her grandmother. She spent her whole life swimming and training to be an underwater explorer. Eddie finally joined a crew that were willing to return to the site of the WWI shipwreck. When Eddie was inside the wreck, the dark energy surge occurred and she was first transformed into a rock-like thing. She attempted to escape the ship as she was being transformed. Eventually, she was completely converted into a rock. The rock had features and grooves to it that made it appear like a human face... a very unattractive human face.
When Evolucia parted the section of the sea that would be used to build Atlantis, they uncovered Totem in her rock form at the site. She had a mouth hole in the rock face and was able to communicate that her name was Totem and that she was a fertility goddess. Both, Evolucia and Cassie mocked this proposition as absurd given the appearance of the rock. They came to accept that Totem could not be moved from the site and she became an honorary Atlantean instead.
Evolucia discovered that Totem was very powerful. Totem could weave pearls through her mouth hole. Evolucia and Cassie made jewelry from the pearls. The pearls change color based on events that will happen. If danger is imminent, the pearls will start turning red beforehand. If someone is listening or snooping on their private conversations, that too will be revealed in a color change. Evolucia and Cassie were willing to accept Totem's arrogance because of her powers and her form.
An event occurred that led to a fissure in Totem as a rock. The rock cracked and Totem in her mermaid form emerged. She crawled to the water and has lived there ever since. She is much happier now that she is in the water and out of her prison rock shell. She would travel and join a super hero team, but, has many important ties to other Atlanteans.
Dark Energy Wave: LeStelle is no dreamer. She is a pragmatist and she has no time for the fantasies and delusions of grandeur of others. She is affiliated with The Hierarchy by circumstance and convenience. She fights loyally for their cause, but, is ready to up and leave at the drop of a hat. She finds Flo pretentious and overbearing. Her best friend is Olegras and they pledge more allegiance to each other than anyone else. They do find it convenient to stay in New York City because Ikon keeps everyone mentally protected from the prying telepathic eyes of Bill Ides.
Dark Energy Wave: The Assassins helped Adam Allfather escape Toronto. When Adam and Guy robbed a couple of amateur thieves of a huge booty, The Assassins were there to make sure that Adam would never get finger-pointed for his share of the treasure. Adam was thus able to buy his freedom from Toronto and discover the reality of the world.
Dark Energy Wave: When the dark energy surge occurred and Calypso was transformed, she escaped the mental institute by absorbing herself into one of her pictures. She discovered her realm at that point and began her rule of the 8th Dimension. Calypso despises Flo and everything that she represents. She feels that Flo is worse than Bill. Calypso haunts Flo and tries to lure her into the 8th Dimension. Calypso even goes as far as menacing all of The Hierarchy. She will lure Ikeman's consorts, Ikon's soldiers, Olegras's victims and LeStelle's undead. Calypso absorbed Flo's hot date one night and exposed the truth about Flo's true appearance. There is no love lost between the two powerful females.
Dark Energy Wave: Lochness was committing suicide and was at the bottom of a lake in his native Scotland drowning himself when the dark energy surge occurred. Lochness and Ginman are natural born enemies. Lochness despises Ginman for his manipulation of people and that others follow him because of what he can do for them with his powers. Ginman denies this and claims that his followers generally believe in his teachings and his personal ethos. Lochness challenges "the hypocrite" to enter Scotland and try to assume rule of a historically natural part of the English Commonwealth and empire. Ginman is realistic about his ability to take on the mer-behemoth.
Lochness leads a team of interesting quasi-heroes called, The Cart Horde. They are willing and able to venture into southern England to battle Ginman's The Uprising.
The U.S. aka The Unfriendly Strangers
A team of super villainous misfits bonding based on physical location and a similarity in outlooks for the general power structure on Earth after the dark energy surge. Their leadership changes often and they are prone to turning on each other for rather insignificant transgressions. As a cohesive unit, they are a devastating powerhouse.
Dark Energy Wave: Lex ran into Crunchy in a truck stop bar outside Las Vegas. He irritated her to the point of forcing her to battle him. She defeated him easily despite his powers of reciprocation. He learned a valuable lesson and she earned a powerful enemy. Lex followed Crunchy across country and continued to gather those that she battled into a team of ruthless villains.
Dark Energy Wave: When the dark energy surge occurred, Lina was shooting up some steroids. She thinks of her powers as a curse and wants to get revenge on anyone she can blame for the transformation. She is bitter and angry and is willing to hurt others to make herself feel better. Trampolina met Crunchy on her journey. Crunchy was forced to battle Trampolina and defeated her quite easily. As she recovered, Lex Talon was standing over her. They decided to team up. Lex and Trampolina continued together and met 841. He was not interested in the offer to join forces. That led to a battle. Chainsaw Girl met 841 as well and wanted to team up, but, decided to join with Lex and Lina. Later, Lina and Chainy followed 841 as leader of the U.S.. 841 defined the purpose of The U.S. and even after Loona took over, Lina and Chainy continued to promote his code of conduct and respect among super powered beings.
Dark Energy Wave: When Black Tab was transformed, she was most devastated by the fact that no one she knew acknowledged her. She went crazy and was put in a mental institute. She escaped easily using her powers and spotted Unitas. She followed one of his clones until his behavior changed and then he disappeared. She kept finding his clones and followed them around and the same thing kept happening. Eventually, she found the anti-unit and hated him. The anti-unit led her back to the real Unitas. She fell in love and has been smitten ever since. Unitas and Black Tab went back to destroy the mental institute that Tab was put in. They then went to get revenge on her friends and the kids at her school. Unitas didn't think that it was a solid plan. His clones executed on it anyway. He lost interest in her at that point and left. Tab couldn't find U, but, eventually during her search, she ran into members of The U.S.. They offered her membership and she accepted.
Dark Energy Wave: Loona was a real loner for a long time. She tried to keep people away from her. She dreamed of sitting on the Moon and looking back on the Earth. Later on, the presence of the Strawberry Queen coaxed Loona into leading the super villain team known as The Unfriendly Strangers. She will be their third leader and consolidate the organization as she will lead the two former leaders who had left (Lex Talon and 841). Loona can be a great leader and a powerful woman. Her main crutch is her introverted tendencies and misanthropic personality.
Dark Energy Wave: When the dark energy surge occurred, Chainy was in the process of getting in a huge automobile accident. She had swerved away from a drunk driver on the highway and ended up forced into oncoming traffic. Her bike got clipped by a pick-up truck and another pick-up ran into the back of her and crashed. Among the wreckage she struggled to breathe and free herself. The transformation provided her with her chainsaws embedded in her skin. She used them to free herself. After that, she could not figure out what to do with herself. People were acting like she looked normal and there was no problem. She simply decided to hang out at a local mechanic, close to where the accident happened. She worked on some cars and trucks to help relax. Chainy found Crunchy rolling through her autoshop. They battled and Chainsaw Girl lost. Lex Talon showed up a little later and offered Chainy a spot on their new roster.
Dark Energy Wave: 841 was a NASA astronaut. He had been part of a team that orbited Mars. On the way back to Earth, he shuttled in alone first, leaving the rest of his crew on a space station. The dark energy surge occurred just as he was reentering the atmosphere. It disrupted his ability to pilot the shuttle back safely. He crashed the shuttle and was stuck in the wreckage. He died in the wreckage, but, remained in a new state of living through a synergistic bonding of organic and mechanical parts and organs. 841 can be extremely powerful and strong, however, his systems overcharge and will seize up if he doesn't release the charge buildup. The release is a dramatic electrical storm around him. At the same time, if 841 does not feed on flesh, his organic parts will rot and no longer hold his body together. He can keep his organs healthy through eating any kind of animal flesh. On occasion he has been known to eat people.
841 is a tragic case. He was a nice, well-balanced man when he was an astronaut. Upon being transformed and deformed, he became very evil and mindless. It may be the zombieism that has caused the extreme change in his morality. When Crunchy met him stuck in his shuttle wreckage, she tried to help and free him. He frightened her so much with his communication that she ran away from him.
Dark Energy Wave: Unitas leaves Black Tab and discovers the merits of being a super hero instead of villain. He performs some heroic deeds, but, then realizes that it was moot given the mental control of Bill Ides on everyday people. This drove him back to Tabitha who had joined The U.S.. He too joined and became a super villain for a time. Later, he had to be true to himself and only perform heroic deeds.
A super villain team with the potential for greater deeds. A powerful group of friends dedicated to each other and loyal to their own cause of survival and independence. The Trumps will often split off and help heroes individually on personal missions sooner than as a team for general heroic causes.
Dark Energy Wave: Adam Allfather met with the Trumps and traveled with them for a time. Valentine showed off his powers when they caught some scavengers raiding their truck one night in Buffalo. Valentine tied the thieves up in an apartment and fed them his charged timebomb candies. Valentine was very casual about the murders.
Dark Energy Wave: Scriblz found a natural fit in The Trumps. Being around Megumi makes it possible for her to touch people without hurting them. In fact, they date on and off because of that relationship. She also helps Lazy I with her powers and makes it possible for Lazy I to increase the effectiveness of her power. Scriblz cannot hurt herself when she manipulates her own flesh. She will often go into battle looking like a terrifying monster.
Dark Energy Wave: Lazy I is not happy with her power. She must appear in her reflection the way she wants to be able to shapeshift mimic. Scriblz is her best friend and helps her with this. Scriblz will manipulate the appearance of a person and then they will skin that person. Lazy I will wear the skin and look at herself in the mirror. She can then shed the skin and will be able to mimic that form at will. It is a gruesome process and is slowly desensitizing both of them to brutality. Lazy I will often appear as a large scary man in battle.
Dark Energy Wave: Me is the leader of The Trumps. He is easy going and easy to get along with as long as you show him respect. Adam Allfather was starting to realize his power. Megumi helped him by siphoning Adam's power slightly and showing him what he had the potential to do on his own.